Hoopsters take three from NAIT- Men split, women sweep weekend series
Though the Wolves men had to settle for the split, the Wolves women's squad was undefeated on their home court last weekend and as a result have taken over second place in the North Division.
They beat the Ooks 94-60 Saturday and 86-60 Sunday, improving to 11-5 on the season. The Wolves are two points ahead of the third-place MacEwan Griffins (10-4) and six points behind the Concordia University College Thunder (14-2).
But there was more at stake than a sweep over the Ooks last weekend.
Payback was also on the Wolves' minds.
The GPRC squad was looking to avenge an 0-2 weekend they experienced when they visited the Ooks back on Oct. 19-20.
"At the start of the year we came out flat and weren't prepared to play this team," said Wolves head coach Kim Gravengard. "The girls really wanted to show them that we're definitely a team that's hard to beat and they played the best ball game they've played all year. We pushed hard, played great defence and hustled. If there was one loose ball we had five people jumping on top of it. We just wanted it a lot more."
"It (Oct. 19-20 weekend) had kind of clouded over the top of their heads for the majority of the season," said Gravengard. "Not that you look at your stats all the time, but you do. We have five losses and we should only have three. They (NAIT) never should have taken the two wins against us, (but) they deserved them. They played better than we did on those days and took those wins. But the girls weren't going to stand by and let that happen again."
Contributions came from across the board, said Gravengard, but added the likes of third-year forward Leah MacNeil and forward Lenka Rohova were solid all around while veteran guard Erica Rude was stellar on defence along with fellow guard Erin Slemp.
Keying in on Ooks start wing Dale-Marie Cumberbatch was also key.
"We just continually rotated three fresh defensive players on her," said Gravengard. "For a girl that usually has to play 40 minutes, having three different defenders on you that are fresh off the bench all the time is a tough job and those girls did a very good job of shutting her down (Sunday). She was one-for13 from the field."
The usual cast of Wolves characters also chipped in on Sunday's win.
"Jenn Seemann did great inside and Melissa Buhler shot it up nice. Jaelle Duinker and Melanie Patterson did a good job bringing the ball up the floor. Everybody did a great job," said Gravengard.